"I really enjoyed that. This one really resonated with me." — Gilles Peterson, Worldwide FM
"Powerful, immersive and intense." — Mike Flynn, Jazzwise
"Spell-binding." — Ken Whelan, Dublin South FM
"A phenomenal virtual global orchestra... masterpiece" — Amy Watson, Culture on Call
"The ingenuity and thinking outside the box is mind boggling." - Sammy Stein, Jazz Views
"Incredible... beautiful and thoughtful but still has an energy and vibrancy." - Debra Richards, Worldwide FM
"Powerful and gorgeous... The song feels effortless, a true production feat." - Raphael Helfand, LaidOffNYC
"A mind-expanding epic with diverse textures invoking experimental jazz, electronica and black metal." - AJ Dehany
"Sounds like New Orleans funeral music hijacked by Godspeed! You Black Emperor... A moving, thrilling picture of the simultaneously confined and stretched worldspace we’re currently living in, and a small triumph of collaboration against the lockdown odds." - Dann Chinn, Misfit City
When coronavirus lockdown began in March 2020, I felt the need to create something in the vacuum left by various postponed or cancelled projects. I wanted to find a way to maintain musical connections - and maybe even forge new ones - despite the obvious physical restrictions.
So MultiTraction Orchestra was conceived as a platform for remote collaboration among a global community of experimental composers, producers and improvisers.
Debut single "emerge entangled" was constructed from improvisations recorded under COVID-19 lockdown by 27 musicians from 15 cities in 8 different countries, all responding to a multitracked guitar piece I'd posted online, but unable to hear each other's responses. Released to critical acclaim, the track has been played on radio stations across the world including BBC Radio 3 and Gilles Peterson's Worldwide FM show. Jazzwise called it "powerful, immersive and intense", while AJ Dehany described it as "a mind-expanding epic with diverse textures invoking experimental jazz, electronica and black metal." Work on the group's debut EP is currently under way.